The North Face Himalayan Suit (2008)

 

The North Face Himalayan Suit (2008)
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title The North Face Himalayan Suit (2008)
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By delmarco
Page Type Feb 29, 2008 / Feb 29, 2008
Object ID 4945
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Product Description

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Features

The warmest suit on the planet, geared specifically for high mountain Himalayan and Arctic assaults.


Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL

Shell: Gore DryLoft® 30 denier nylon ripstop fabric, Gore-Tex® fabric.

Insulation: 800 fill power goose down.

Fully baffled sleeping bag—style construction.

Two exterior Napoleon pockets.

Two internal mesh pockets.

Durable water-resistant zippers.

Shoulder window pocket.

Full-coverage insulated hood.

Integrated down collar.

Internal removable suspenders.

Hobo mitts.

Summit Series™
Developed for the most serious athletes, the Summit Series" features our athlete-tested and technically-advanced apparel and equipment. This premier collection is designed for expedition use from base camp to summit, where the extremes of weather, terrain and temperature demand the highest level of performance.

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delmarco - Dec 20, 2008 4:27 pm - Voted 5/5

good suit
The Himalayan Suit is a 800gr. fill goose down one piece suit especially developed for coldest conditions on the planet. Although it is a one piece only (this is a useful feature, as there is no loss of heat between the jacket and the pants), it can be dressed and removed in just seconds. The outside tissue is wind-stopper and also the zip is made with protection from wind and cold well in mind. Wearing the cap and closing every zip tightly, only the eyes, the fingers and the feet remain outside (however, I've noticed that it is more comfortable to leave the zip open on the face and wear a good balaclava below).

Using the Himalayan Suit, I didn't have any problem with the cold, even after several hours outside at -40 and -50. I have to say that at -20 the suit is perhaps too warm and can be used only for light hiking, but below -35 it is just perfect and has guaranteed an excellent protection to both myself and my camera. One time, after a 1 hour hike at -52, I had to open the front zip up to the stomach, as I've started to feel too warm and slightly wet. Below the suit I was wearing only two layers of wool everywhere (but I think that just one layer may be fine as well).

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Bergshrund - Dec 10, 2009 11:20 pm - Voted 5/5

Backwards
Northface really went backwards after they got bought out by VF Corp in 1999/2000. They dropped alot of the original mountaineering products, along with it the 1998 suit which was their top of the line. The newer suits just aren't as warm, and in the worst weather imaginable, the hood on the new ones doesn't cover your face as well as the older one, if your wearing your climbing helmet at the same time.

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